A Day of Critical Relationships


On November 16th, along with My Brother's Keeper-Boston, MENTOR, and MENTOR-Rhode Island, MMP convened youth-serving practitioners from across the Commonwealth for a Forum on Critical Relationships. In addition to critical breakout sessions, we explored the exciting work of scholar and practitioner, Torie Weiston-Serdan, author of Critical Mentoring: A Practical Guide. We highlighted moments from the forum below: 

"This is an opportunity to discuss equity and disrupt the status quo in the field of mentoring." 

Beth Fraster, MMP VP & Chief Program Officer

We were fortunate to have scholar and practitioner, Torie Weiston-Serdanexamine how marginalized and minoritized youth are served by mentoring and youth development programs. Her book Critical Mentoring: A Practical Guideintroduces the concept of critical mentoring, presenting its theoretical and empirical foundations, and providing telling examples of what it looks like in practice, and what it can achieve.


 Critical Mentoring is about working within the context that young people are in. It is up to us adults to support them as we try to process the problems surrounding us.” 

Torie Wesiton-Serdan, Author of Critical Mentoring: A Practical Guide

In addition to a thought-provoking keynote session, we broke out into several sessions. We explored mentoring practices and the dominant worldviews that inform them, while centering the voices and experiences of youth of color and other marginalized youth. With critical mentoring as the foundation, participants discussed actionable practices to build program capacity to better support young people in their communities.

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To catch all the highlights, check out our twitter feed and see what others had to say: 

You can buy Torie's book here.

Stay in touch with MMP by attending our 12th Annual Youth Mentoring Day at the State House! 

Mmp (16).pngJoin Mass Mentoring Partnership and the Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring for a celebration of youth voice!

A young person who has a say in the purpose and activities of their mentoring relationships is more likely to be engaged. At MMP, we study and elevate policy and initiatives related to relationships that have a direct impact on dropout rates, school to prison pipeline, college access, and overall behaviors in school.

Youth Mentoring Day (YMD) is a unique opportunity to convene legislators, youth-serving programs, and young people at the State House to celebrate and highlight youth voice. We will discuss how investing in youth can help them succeed in academics, build resilient communities across the Commonwealth and thrive in life.

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